Race Day

The Kids Run presented by Live Healthy Iowa starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Register Now!

Packet pick-up for the Kids Run takes place Friday, October 16 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as a part of the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo inside Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center.

The start and finish for the Kids Run features a family-friendly course organized by Live Healthy Iowa Kids along The Principal Riverwalk and downtown bridges). Distances for the Kids Run vary based on academic grade level, however children may participate in the distance that is best suited for their personal development.

LIVE HEALTHY IOWA KIDS CHALLENGE The school with the highest percentage of their students participating (based on the school’s 2015-2016 enrollment) in the Kids Run presented by Live Healthy Iowa Kids will win a $500 gift card from Scheels. The monetary award will be given to the winning school’s physical education department and must be used towards wellness efforts or new playground equipment.

GradeDistanceStart Time
Kindergarten and younger1/8 mile9:00 a.m.
1st and 2nd1/4 mile9:15 a.m.
3rd and 4th1/2 mile9:30 a.m.
5th and 6th1 mile9:45 a.m.

The first 600 children registered in the Kids Run will receive a shirt, race number/bib, commemorative Iowa Games medal and participant photo from MarathonFoto.

AGE APPROPRIATE RUNNING Slightly older children still interested in participating in a running event on marathon weekend may be ready to enter in The Principal Financial Group 5K Road Race as a run/walk participant with a parent or adult guardian. Children between the ages of twelve and fourteen may even consider training for the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon. The IMT Des Moines Marathon encourages safe and proper training for any of our running events. Consult a family physician before embarking on any type of running program with your children.

The Road Runners Club of America does not recommend for a child younger than the age of fourteen to attempt completing a long distance running event such as the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Their bodies are not developed enough physically to meet the demands of this level of strenuous activity and endurance. Examples may include leg muscle development and electrolyte replacement. FUNdamentals of Youth Running

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